Statesmen Finish Strong in Arizona
Tucson, Ariz.–The William Penn softball team left the Grand Canyon State on a pleasant note with three wins in its last four spring break contests.
The Statesmen (12-6) opened Friday with a 9-1, six-inning setback to Robert Morris (Ill.), but responded with a 4-3 win against Calumet-St. Joseph (Ind.) later in the day.
On Saturday, the navy and gold defeated Park (Mo.) 4-1 and Madonna (Mich.) 8-2.
Robert Morris 9, William Penn 1
Four defensive miscues and lack of offense doomed the Statesmen. William Penn, which was outhit 10-4, was led by a 2-for-3 performance by Molly Miller (Sr., Kalona, Iowa, Business Management).
Carly Land (Sr., Mission Viejo, Calif., Education) only gave up two earned runs in the loss.
William Penn 4, Calumet-St. Joseph 3
The offense awoke in Friday’s nightcap with a 12-5 edge in hits. Miller again paced the navy and gold by going 3-for-4 with two runs. Jessica Christensen (Fr., Marysville, Wash., Sociology), Sonia Ray (Jr., San Diego, Calif., Physical Education), and Sydney Edwards (So., Galesburg, Ill., Psychology & Biology) all recorded two hits versus the Crimson Wave.
Jennifer Whitehead (Jr., Oskaloosa, Iowa, Biology) struck out three in the win.
William Penn 4, Park 1
A solid defensive effort and another big showing by Miller (3-for-3, 2 RBIs) helped William Penn past Park. Cassie Lohman (Sr., Burbank, Calif., Sociology) notched two base knocks as well. The team did not commit an error for just the second time this season.
Whitehead (6-3) struck out three against one walk.
William Penn 8, Madonna 2
The Statesmen narrowly outhit their final spring break foe 6-5, but were efficient with their baserunners and also took advantage of four Madonna errors.
Miller was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Lohman and Ray also drove in two runs. K.C. Routos (Sr., Newcastle, Wash., Physical Education) rounded the bases three times, while Ashlee Dennis (So., Loveland, Colo., Biology) matched Miller by doing it twice.
Land (6-3) struggled with control (six walks), but still managed to claim another victory.
Next: With its home field still unplayable, William Penn has cancelled this week’s non-conference doubleheaders against Graceland on Tuesday and Ashford on Wednesday. The squad will return to action on March 22 for its home-opening double dip against Davenport (Mich.). First pitch is set for 4 p.m.